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Advertisers WBI Fnd Oar Col
nm» • Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homes
VOLUME XXXIV—NUMBER 48
ARREST MAN AND
Find Car In Middle of Road
and Driver Apparently
J. T. Matthews, white man living
near Robersonville, was arrested by
Federal Prohibition Agents C. S.
Coat* and F. E. Street and his car, a
Buick sedan, wa* confiscated between
Conetoe and Bethel early this week.
The officers were riding the road dur
ing a thunder storm and found the
cs.r turned sideways on the highway
and Matthews apparently drunk. A
fruit jar, half filled with whisky, was
found in the car.
Matthews was given a hearing here
and was ordered held for the next
term of Federal court in Washington.
His car is now in government stor
Mr. Matthews has been a defend
ant in the Martin courts several times
for operating a car while under the
irfluence of liquor. Found guilty of
driving a car while intoxicated, he was
fined $75 in the court here in 1927.
About two years later he was found
gi'ilty of a similar violation of the law,
the court imposing a SSO line and a
fcur-months suspended road sentence.
Hie license to operate a car was re
voked for a period of 12 months.
Mr. Dode Hassell Tells of
Conditions In Georgia
"The situation is the most peculiar
ever witnessed in this section," Mr.
Dcde Hassell stated in a letter writ
ten in Camilla, Ga., and received here
this week. He tells of the conditions
there, as follows:
"This is the beginning of the third
week for the Camilla market, and at
tl.js writing the market has sold 117,-
i$C pounds at an average of $6.09.
"Rains during the past several days
• ' are causing the tobacco to be held
back, and also puts on new growth.
All dealers in the weed state emphati
, cally that it is the most peculiar sit
uation they ever witnessed. It is
something new under the sun. The
weed is stubborn, does not have a
tendency to ripen and half of the crop
■s now standing in the fields, green.
All of it will never be pulled, and the
worms have taken charge of it, stock
The offerings are of an exceptional
ly inferior quality. Still it should
bring a little better price than what
it is selling for. It is not worth the
pulling under the present condition of
prices, and the grower would derive
more benefit by allowing it to re
main in the fileds and plow it under
during the coming fall.
"The greater part of the crop was
stt oat during the month of April,
and rains arrived too late for a fair
crop. The opening, by all means,
should have been postponed for two
weeks as the crop could have been
disposed of in s short time.
"At present, rains are paying us a
visit, and plenty of it."
BUT SIX CASES
Session Are ofc\ Little
Six casea were -filled in the county
court st the session held here last
Tuesday, the proceedings being of lit
Jim Whitley waa sentenced to jail
for one month, to be hired out, when
he was found guilty of an assault up
on a female.
The case charging Delilah Purvis
with an assault with a deadly weapon,
waa continued for two weeks.
Charged with violating the liquor
Uws, Jerome Simmons and James
Pollard were found not guilty.
Curtia Rhodes was sentenced to the
State roads for a period of four
months, the court finding him guilty
of driving an automobile-'while on
dei the influence of liquor.
The case charging Frank Woolard
with an assault upon a female was
continued for two weeks.
The case charging Joe Boston with
being drunk and diaorderly was beard
and continued two weeks.
"Juke" W. Berger Starts
Work As Warehouseman
Mr. "Jalee" W. Berger, of Florence,
S. C., arrived this week preparatory
to operating the Roanoke-Dixie Ware
house this season. He will be asso
ciated with Mr. W. T. Meadows.
Mr. Berger, a prominent tobaccon
ist with many years of experience in
the warehouse business, has been in
the IfM this week in the interest of
hu !.-' ' -
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Mqjority of County Schools
To Open on Se
One more month and vacation
days will be over for the several
thousand Martin County school
children, it waa decided recently
by educational authorities. Ac
cording to plans advanced by the
county board of education at least
- eleven of the white schools will
open on September 14, and the
other three white achoola will
open aa soon thereafter aa possi
The opening date for Griffins,
Farm Life, and the Lilleys Hall
schools will be determined by the
outcome of the election to be held
YELLOW JACKETS 1
Waynesville, Aug. 11.—Two yel
lowjackets he swallowed Sunday
while eating an apple nearly coat
the life of Onie Preasley, Hay
wood County farmer, who is re
covering at a hospital here after
Buffering intense pain and poison
ing from the stings.
Preasly, suffering agony after
the yallowjackets stung the ten
der membrane of his throat, man
aged to dislodge them alive. He
waa unable to apeak until today,
when his throat responded to
Physician* said his life waa sav
ed with difficulty aa the poison had
spread through hia body.
Nearly Two Hundred Go
To Rea's Beach for
Nearly two hundred men, women,
children, and babies of the local Bap
tist Sunday school picnicked at Rea's
Beach last Wednesday afternoon.
Plans were made to leave the church
at 1:30. And for more than an hour
the people vyere gathering from far
and near. Many came front far out
in the country on busses, trucks, and
automobiles. While from all over
town they converged on the church
lawn until there wis much difficulty
in getting sufficient conveyance to
At the beach there was bathing and
swimming, followed by abundant re
freshments, the parties reaching Wil
liamston about nighttall.
It was one of the best attended pic
nics the Sunday school has had for
years, and every one reported an en
Program of Services at
Local Christian Church
Attendance upon the church and
Sunday school services at the Christian
Church has held up unusually well
during this summer, the pastor stated
this morning. are just two
more Sundays left before the pastor
Itaves, and he is anxious that the good
record be maintained. Service* for
Sunday and next week are as fol
9:45 a. m. Sunday school.
11 a. m. Morning worship, "What
To Believe About God."
7 p. m. Intermediate Christian En
4 p. m., Tuesday, Junior Christian
8 p. m. Wednesday, prayer meet
The union service Sunday night will
be held at the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Z. H. Rose To Teach
In the Columbia Schools
Mr. Z. Hardy Rose, a man of many
years' experience in the school room,
has accepted a position in the Colum
bia High School litis season and will
start work early next month. A self
help student in college, Mr. Rose wai
graduated from the University of
North Carolina and headed the local
schools for two years, those at Ben
ton for four years and those at Scot
land Neck for two years. He also
taught in the public and private
schools of Wayne county for five
A learned scholar in mathematics
and Latin, the professor will teach
those two subjects in the Tyrrell
County high school and direct athletic
Good Program of Pictures
At the Watts Next Weel
i Marie Dressier and Polly Moran
| climax the amusement program at the
Watts Theatre here next Thursday
and Friday when they appear ip-i*Poli
Monday and Tuesday, Constance
Bennett appears in "The Common
Law," a story of lore in the art stu
dio* of Paria. Wednesday, Douglas
Fairbanks, jr., appeara in "Chances,"
another good picture.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, August 14,1931
thnqutfiout the county Monday,
September 14. If the election car
ries, it ia likely that toe three
achoola will be opened a few daya
later. And if the election fails,
then the opening will likely be
postponed for several weeka for
these three achoola only.
Several of the school faculties
have been selected and contracts
are now pending in many cases
in other schools. The names of
the faculty members have not been
announced ao far, but complete
lists will be made public within
the next few days, it ia understood.
IN GAME LAWS
Open Season on Squirrels
Begins September 1
The 1931 session of the General As
sembly of North Carolina made a
number of changes in the game laws
of the State, the most important af
fecting this section being briefly "sum
marized as follows open seasons and
Squirrel: September 1 to December
31. Bag limit, 10 in one day.
Rabbit: May be killed with gun at
any time, but hunted with dogs No
vember 20 to February 15. No bag
Deer, buck: September 15 to Janu
ary 1. Bag limit, 2in one day, 4 dur
Deer, doe: Season closed until Sep
tember 1, 1933.
Fur bearers: Raccoon, mink, opos
sum, skunk, otter, and muskrat: With
dog and gun October 1 to February
15. Trapping November 15 to Feb
Quail: November 20 to February
15. Bag limit, 10 in one day.
Wild Turkey: November 20 to Feb
ruary 15. Bag limit, 2 in one day,
5 during season.
Dove: November 20 to January 31.
Bag limit, 25 in one day.
Pheasants: Season closed until Sep
tember 1, 1933.
Woodcock: December 1 to Decem
ber 31. Bag limit, 4in one day.
Duck, geese, brant, and coot: No
vember 1 to January 15. Bag limit,
15 ducks in one day, 4 geese, and 8
Swan, wood duck, and eider duck:
Nc open season.
Species unprotected are: Wild cat,
F.nglish sparrows, Great Horned Owl,
Cooper's and Sharp-Shinned hawks,
crows, blackbirds, jays, and buzzards.
License selling agents will be the
same as last year.
Mary Gray's Auto Wrecked
By Fire On Roanoke Dam
The Pontiac sedan, belonging to
Msry Gray, colored, was wrecked by
fire early last Wednesday night when
a short circuit in an overhead light
started a blaze in the car top. Chas.
Joiner, driver of the care at the time,
stak-d that when he first saw the fire
it was eating into the top fabric very
rapidly. He was traveling on the Roa
noke River dam* and was between the
two bridges when the fire started.
The fire burned itself out before it
reached the engine and the front tires,
destroying the body and the back
tires. A small amount of insurance was
carried on the machine.
Announce Curb Market
Prices Here for Saturday
In announcing the prices on the
curb market here for tomorrow, the
home agent, Miss Lora E. Sleeper,
stated, "Even though our curb mar
ket is small compared with others, we
believe no greater variety of produce
can be found on any other market of
this size. Try our eggplant and okra."
Beets, 3c a bunch; butter beans, !8c
a quart; cabbage, 3c a pound; corn,
18c a dozen; cucumbers, 5c a pound;
egg plant, 9c a pound; okra, 9c a
pound; watermelons, 15-25 c each; bell
pepper, 9c a pound; potatoes, ,2g a
pound; rhubarb, 15c a pound; toma
toes, 5c a pound; country butter, 35c
a pound; eggs, 20c a dozen; canta
loupes, 5-8 c each; hens, live, 20 cents
a pound; hens, dressed, 28 cents a
pound; broilers, 30 cents a pound.
Rev. E. P, West To Preach
At Union Service Sunday
Rev. E, P. We«, Baptist minister
from Hobgood, will preach the union
•crmon at the Presbyterian church
next Sunday night at 8 o'clock,
Mr. Weat has preached in William*
■ton on ether occaaions, where he is
always gladly heard.
At the Baptist church Sunday morn
ing the pastor will have for his ser
mon theme, "The Glory of Having a
LESS THAN 200
County Chairman Warns
They Want to Vote
Registration for the special school
election to be held in this county
September 14 is progressing very
slowly, reports received yesterday
from several of the registrars indicat
ed. The books have been open about
one week and less than 200 people
have registered, Mt is estimated. In
this precinct, 38 «i(izens had' register
ed up until yesterday noon.
The books will remain open through
Saturday, September S, and regardless
of how many times a person has reg
istered heretofore, he will have to
register before that date if he votes
in the September 14. Mr*
Sylvester Peel;, chairman of the Mar
tin County Board of Elections is
making official announcenftnt this
week, warning all citizens that if they
would vote in the election, they,
must register on or before Saturday,
Citizens in this precinct are urged to
( register with Registrar Luther Peel
at the Peel Motor Company garage
lon Washington Street.
| A continued discussion of the pro
posed extended term for the entire
jcotmty is being heard here and there,
and it is generally believed that the
public will favor the measure at the
pells next month. .
MAN STEALS HIS
OWN FORD AUTO
J. P. Jacksdn Is from Wil
mington and Not from
j J. P. Jackson, arrested in Edin
|bi:gh, Texas, last week and giving his
jaddress as Williamston, is a Wilming
ton man, it was learned by Deputy
S. H. Grimes here this week from the
State Auto Theft Bureau, Raleigh.
Jackson was in the company of one
J F. Curtin who was arrested in the
Texas town for forgery. No charge
was preferred against Jackson, but in
the exchange of information it was
learned that he was from Wilmington
and had run away with his own car,
leaving his creditors behind.
When arrested by the Texas sheriff,
Jackson stated he was from this town.
'1 he Texas officer wrote Sheriff C. B.
Roebuck who investigated the report,
and it was later learned that Jackson
wis not a Williamston man.
TOO MUCH LAND
10 Acres of Land Plenty To
Make Living Say Some
A recent press dispatch states:
Many farmers who are unable to ,
"make a living" on 25 acres of land i
would find it easier if they worked only ,
10 acres, We have in mind one for- [
eigner who came to North Carolina (
and purchased 10 acres of land. Some
of the neighbors inquired of the new-|
comer if lie thought he could make!
a living on 10 acres. His reply was.
that if he couldn't he would sell five;
It require* two acres of land to feed
the average American according to an
article in Good Health magazine. The
story points out that while it takes 2
acres to produce enough food for the
average American, only one acre is
lrequired to provide food for the aver
age German, half an acre to feed a (
Chinaman, and one-fourth an acre for (
'a Japanese. The difference doesn't]
come about, it is pointed out, irr the a
' mount of food consumed by the mem
bers of the different races, but be
cause of the difference in diet.
Peaches for Hogs, Corn for
Burning Is Fmrm Economy
Chicago, Aug. 12.—Sagging of mar
ket prices for commodities today
brought figures from statisticians to
show that farmers in many cases could
save money by burning corn for fuel
and feeding peaches to hogs.
Corn took a dive of "nearly 3 cents
a bushel to 48 cents before recovering
on the Board of Trade, while first
crop peachea in Southern Illinois went
on the market for from 35 to SO cents
a bushel-. Allowing for transportation
1 grain experts figured farmers could get
only about 22 cents a bushel for maize
1 so that a ton of the coarse grain in
corn region* would be from $2 to
Is 4 a ton cheaper than coal,
j" While the fattening powers of
peaches had not been demonstrated,
market expert* aaid it was merely a
matter of figures that seven bushels
of cheapAt peaches would cost only
$2.45 a* against nearly $3.50 for seven
bushels of marketed corn, supposed to
produce 100 pounds of pork.
Curtailed by M
Curtailing tobacco production
at every turn has been reported by
farmers in toe county this season.
The acreage wae cut greatly at
the atart. The bottom leavee were
pulled and thrown away aa a sec
ond step in the production curtail
ment program. And now the
growers are cutting down the
stalks with the tips and even the
next to the last primings in some
cases on them. The complete cur
tailment policy involving the three
THINK MUCH OF
Governor Gardner Opposed
To Making Southern
Farmer the Goat
I A plan was advanced by the Federal
I Farm Board in the Nation's Capital
this week whereby the cotton farmer
would not have to give but two-thirds
of his crop away. The other third,
the Farm Board would have the farm
er plow under, and to make it simple
and eliminate all errors, the board
suggests ithat the grower plow under
every third row\ To make the appar
ently absurd plan one of fairness to
all, nothing was said by the Farm
Board about dealers and the board
itself burning or destroying one-third
of their holdings that the price of the
remaining two-thirds might be boost
As a lash hanging over the head of
the growers, the Farm Board threat
ened to turn loose its large holdings
and flood the already flooded market.
Governors of the Did South yester
day sneered at the plan advanced by
the farm board, several declaring that
it would be be tter to harvest the crop
now Hearing .maturity and plant no
cotton next year. Governor Gardner
stated when his opinion of the plan
was asked, that he "opposed making
the Southern cotton farmer the goat,"
and added that the farmers of this
State did not plant the 'third' row this
year. lie proposed that the Farm
Board destroy a third of the supply
Old Huey I'. Long, governor of
Louisiana, said, "the plan sounds good,
but damned if 1 know—" ■
The low price of cotton will not af
ift ct this county to any great extent.
Of course, it will be felt, and there
will be some difference. Last year
Martin produced 4,'>13 bales. T|iis
year a smaller production is "predict-
Regular Preaching Services
Jamesville Baptist Church
Rev. W. B. Harrington will conduct
the regular preaching services in the
Jamesville Baptist Church Sunday
morning at II o'clock and that evening
at 8:00 o'clock, it Was announced yes
In announcing the series of revival
services at the Cedar Branch Baptist
Church, it was stated recently that the
first of the series would he preached
Sunday, September 9. The services
start Wednesday evening, September
1 9th. Rev. Harrington will conduct the
' services. . ■
jiVew Prohibition Agent
, Temporarily Located Here
» Federal Prohibition Agent V. (I.
Spivey, of New Bern, was temporar
ily located here this week and made
his first raid near Corey's old store in
1 Bear Grass Township yesterday morn
' iug. The plant was found, hut the
'owner had removed the still.
Their Sunday Services
Sunday, August lb, 1931:
"The Church with an Open Door."
Church school at 9:45 a. m, All
members are; urged to be present as
there will be no preaching service this
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m. '
Preaching at H P. M. Rev. W. P.
Brown, of Gdenton, will preach. 1
Sunday school at 4 p. m.
Come, worship with us.
Brazil is more than 200,000 square
miles larger than the entire United
The world's taljest ferns exist in the
Hawaiian Islands, where they grow to
a height of 30 to 40 feet.
Born without ears, 10-year-old Frank
Litch, of Lynn, Mass., now hears with
the aid of artificial ears which may be
attached to' and removed from the head
I A white hot meteorite, 3 inches in
diameter and weighing one pound, fell
info the yard of J. L. Kuckman's home
at Corbley, Mont.
processes has not been widely
followed in this county, but one
oi more of the steps have been
taken by a majority of Martin far
Many farmers are completing
the curing work this week and a
goodly number has already cut
the tobacco stalks. It is reliably
advanced that the harvesting of
tips of prospective poor quality
will result in a loss to the grower,
and that it would be profitable for
him to leave them in the field.
NEW USE )
V, I /
Chicago, Aug. 11.—If the price
of cotton falls much further, Wil
liam Wrigley, Jr., said today that
he probably would use it instead
of excelsior to pack his chewing
Wrigley, multi-millionaire busi
ness man, owner of the Chicago
Cubs, and developer df California's
famous Catalina Island, started
five months ago to trade gum for
cotton in the South. At the time
cotton was selling for about 12
cents a pound. Cotton since has
gone down to 6.80 cents, leaving
Wrigley with a large paper loss.
"But, as we said originally,"
Wrigley added, "we will continue
to buy cotton with the proceeds of
all gum sold in the South, no mat
ter how low the price goes, until
Rev. J. M. Perry to Conduct
Series of Services, Be
' - ginning Sunday
fieginninf next Sunday and con
filming through August 27. KvangV
list J. M. IVrry, of Vernon, Texas,
will conduct a series of revival serv
ices in the Christian church at I'.ver
etts. The services will open each eve
ning during the period at H o'clock.
Rev. Mr. ferry, a native of this
section, but for the past several years
connected with the Vernon church,
is well known in this section and large
crowds are expected to hear him dur
ing his engagement at tlfe Everetts
church, lie was pastor of the Roher
sonville Christian church for a num
ber of years. >
TO RAISE BARGE
High Water in the Roanoke
Here Will Delay Sal
vage Work a Week
High waters in the Roanoke this
week again delayed the salvage oper
ations started nearly two weeks ago
in an elTort to raise the barge, "Lynn"
that went to the bottom of the river
here with 731 tons of fertilizer aboard.
Before the high waters came, the
jiidvage crew was-*'planning to start
pumping water out ,oS the boat this
morning, but the high tide brought a
halt to the work yesterday. Ihe high
water mark will be reached about Sat-,
urday or Sunday, and it will be some
time next week, probably Tuesday or
Wednesday before pumping operations
are resumed, Captain Williams, of the
"John Haggerty" stated late yester
SNOW FALLS IN
Weather Report from South
Dakota Reads Like
It sounds as if it might lie a good
natured story, the report from South
Dakota stating ti>at*"~ snow fell there
early this week.
The report coming out of Water
town, S. D., reads:
"Snow in Augustl '
"A very fine, light snow, sufficient
to be identified, fell for a few min
utes Monday. The weather was cloudy
and threatening and the temperature
at 7 a. m. was 56 degrees above'zero.
"Percy Albrook, official weather ob
server, said the snow came in two
s(|iialls and melted before touching
Harvey Gardner Grows
Large Meloji Near Here
His reputation as a watermelon
grower seems to follow him where
ever he goes, and this year on the
old Sitterson farm, located on the
McCaskey road, Mr. Harvey Gardner
raised a crop of the melons weighing
any where front 40 to 70 pounds, a
Watch the Label On Your
Paper Aa It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expires
IN THIS COUNTY
Several Carloads of Glass
In Past Few Weeks
More fruits and vegetables have
bten canned in Martin county this
year than have been canned in any
other period heretofore, it is believed.
And the preserving work is still un
derway, Several solid carloads of
ftuit jars have been distributed at this
point during the past few days, and
the supply is now exhausted with an
aj pareutly strong demand for the
Containers still expressed.
Local merchants state they sold
more of the glass containers this sea
son than ever before, that an ail-time
record probably would have been es
tablished had the supply held out.
A few of the stores have a small sup
ply of jars in the half gallon size, and
those containers are moving fast;
Hint- and i|uart-size .jars are to be
found in local stocks, the ■ dealers
experiencing ninth difficulty in Retting
t heap peaches, delivered here by
jSandhill growers, have been one of
jthe boosting factors in the canning
business in this section during the
current season. Ihe choice offerings
of the peach growers were delivered
J here for $1 a bushel, and street sales
attracted ready customers, truck load
latter truck load sold from one
I curt* spot.
C hie of the deplorable features,
other than the starvation price re
jceived by the growers, is that the pre
•serving was, more or less, limited,
those who all but face hunger and
want this winter apparently ignoring
the golden opportunity to store up
food for the winter. Then there were
some who could not advance the price
t f the peaches, sugar and preserving
containers, indicating, that there'll IK*
,a heavy dralt on charity this coming
I lie s,ih> spots,- have been real cen
t«i> of activity here during the past
few days, and the sales have lieeu
in.dr to all classes, including farnt
r> and sniall peach • growers them
selves in this section.
| No reliable estimate as to the num-
IH r of jars used for preserving in this
Jcounty this season is to be had, but it
is believed that the number will total
'many thousands. /
MAKE LONG TRIP
Seven 'Planning To Spend
Week on Indian Reser
vation Near Asheville
Seveli local Hoy Smuts, honorary
members »l lht* I ribe of the Kunieli,
are planiiinK to leave here early next
[Tuesday morning lor the Cherokee
I Indian reservation in the ° mountains
'of western North Carolina where they
'uHl camp 11ir .1 week The tioyn, Ben
Hopkins, Lawrence I.indsley, jr., J.
I). Howen, Horace Kay, Wheeler Mar
tin, jr., Hilly Clark and Oscar Auder
json, jr., planning to make the trip ftre
.to leave Wilson with a large number
jof other scouts at eixk' o'cliu'k Tues-
Jday morning and camp one en
route to thv reservation. They will
spend five days and five nights on the
reservation and return here Tuesday
|week, Scoutmaster Wheeler Martin
stated this morning.
j At the present time, the boys are
finding transportation means difficult,
'and it might he that some of the num
.ber will be unable to go on account of
| The trip, one of the most "promising
undertaken by scouts in this section,
is limited to members of the Tribe of
, Kunieli, Williamston having an tin
.UMially large number in the group.
Bertie Growers Haul Their
Fruits Back Home and
Fe«id It To Hogs
A glutted market for tomatoes was
reported at the Plymouth packing
and canning plant yesterday when
hundreds of crates filled with the ripe
fruit were refused by the company.
*1 he action is said to have lieen resent
ed by the growers, who were deliver
ing the tomatoes under contract.
John Bell, large grower in Bertie,
sent 330 crates to the plant yesterday,
and when the load was refused, he
accepted the approximately S6O loss
and hauled the tomatoes back home for
Some farmers in Washington Coun
ty are said to have sold all theif
crops, while many others, a few of
whom live in this county, .are said to
be little more than half through with
the harvesting work.
It was unofficially reported yester
day that the plant would not operate
'any more this season.